Please be advised that the hiring hall is not permitted to refer to work any laborer who does not possess a valid SST Card. The union will be permitting applicants on the out of work list who do not possess SST cards to maintain their position on the list until the end of March 2021.  However, beginning with the re-registration period in the first week of April (and thereafter) no one will be permitted to register on the out of work list unless they possess a valid SST Card.

It’s become unfortunately clear that a few Local 79 members still have not received the required SST training to comply with Local Law 196 of 2017. After being extended twice, the final compliance deadline was March 1, 2021, a little over a week ago.

Failure to complete at least the 40-hours of training for the “Full” SST Card will almost certainly cost you a job. If you’re on the out-of-work list, you will not be dispatched if you have a Limited Card, an expired Temporary Card (more than 6 months old), or worse yet, no SST card at all.

In addition, your contractor can be fined $5,000 dollars for employing you. Not just that, but the General Contractor is also issued a $5,000 fine and so is the owner of the property. So, you not having the necessary training will result in $15,000 in fines. No contractor in their right mind will employ you with that kind of risk involved, and the Local can’t dispatch that risk to a signatory contractor.

So, if you still need to complete your SST training, don’t wait! There are plenty of classes available. Simply go to and follow the instructions for registering. If you just need to pick up your card, come to the school any Tuesday or Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

** If you have any questions about the classes, call the Mason Tenders’ Training Fund at 718-383-6863. All class registrations should be done by email. 


The Training Fund has been getting a number of questions regarding when the school will reopen for all classes. With the increasing availability and administering of the COVID vaccines, the Fund is cautiously optimistic about opening once again. At this point, we continue to follow data and recommendations of the city, state and federal Departments of Health and hope to have a clearer picture of our reopening plans for your next membership meeting in April. Please remember, the safety of our members and our Training Fund staff is, and must always remain our top priority.